Tsuchiura Castle 土浦城
Founder ?
Year early 1600's
Type Flatland
Condition Other Buildings
Alternate Name Kijo
Structure 2 levels, 2 stories (higashi yagura)
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Historical Site Prefectural Historic Site
Location Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture
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Access Tsuchiura Station (Joban Line), 15 minute walk
Visited April 29, 2003
Notes An interesting little castle site. Today the Honmaru and Ninomaru are a public park.
History It's not definitively known when or by whom this castle was built but it was surely done by one of the lords (Matsudaira, Nishio, Kutsuki) in the first half of the 17th Century. The lands ruled from Tsuchiura Castle grew to their greatest size under the Tsuchiya clan who ruled all but 5 years of the span 1669-1869. This was the second largest fief in Hitachi after that of Mito. After the Meiji Restoration, the castle was used for government offices and in 1898 the last Tsuchiya officially donated the castle to the city of Tsuchiura.
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Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture
Tsuchiura Castle views
yagura gate Yagura Gate
Higashi Yagura Kasumigamon gate
Nishi Yagura moat